2057 Trumansburg Rd
Trumansburg, New York
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by Nicholl Halsey
First settler & founder of Halseyville
By the State Education Department — 1932
What was there
The home of Nicholl Halsey (1782 – 1865), originally from Southampton, Long Island. He lived for some time in what is now the Town of Lodi, settling near Trumansburg, Tompkins County, in 1808 where he farmed his land and operated a grist mill. From 1812 through the 1820s he held various positions within the town of Ulysses, including town supervisor. He also served as Tompkins County Sheriff and on the State Assembly. He served a term as a U.S. Representative from 1833 to 1835 and then served as Tompkins County Judge afterward.
Halsey believed that the government of Ancient Greece could serve as a model for the political and ideological system of the new county, and that Greek architecture and art could help promote and enhance that ideology. He built this home, in 1829, in the Greek Revival style. The community he founded, primarily a milling settlement along Taughannock Creek, became known as Halseyville.
What is there now
The Halsey House is now a thriving and well-reviewed Bed & Breakfast.
- The Hasley House B & B
- Taughannock Falls State Park
- This house and the site of Halseyville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site includes this house, a schoolhouse, and an old manufacturing facility.
- The Route 96 bridge over Taughannock creek was once a covered bridge built by Isaac Elliott. It was replaced in the early 1900s.
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